Christmas Treats for Kids ~ Sugar Cookies
For Christmas I made Cut out cookies aka Sugar cookies sans decoration except for a sprinkling of sugar before they went into the oven. Makes for a simple sweet holiday treat for kids.
Sugar Cookies Recipe
Prep: 30 mts, Chilling time: 1 hr, Baking: 10 mts
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour/maida
1/2 tsp baking pwd
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup butter, room temp
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper/foil.
2 Sift salt, flour and baking pwd and keep aside. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approx 3 mts. Add vanilla and egg and combine well. Add the flour mixture, mix until well combined. Refrigerate dough covered with a plastic wrap for an hour until firm enough to roll.
3 Remove half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 “. Keep turning the dough as you roll. Cut out desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter and transfer cookies to the baking tray.
4 Place the baking tray with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 10-15 mts to chill. This prevents the cookies from spreading and losing shape while baking. Sprinkle sugar just before putting into the oven to bake. Or frost with royal icing.
5 Bake for about 10 mts till the edges are slightly toasted or till done.
6 Cool on a wire rack. The cookies will harden. Repeat with remaining dough.
7 Cool completely. Store in airtight container.